Walking along the Caledonian Canal passing by Muirtown Basin this afternoon, I couldn’t help but notice the frozen skin of ice on the surface of the water creating a little skating pond for the birds. Nowhere near frozen enough to support people of course, but frozen over nonetheless 🙂
Who Won the Week for me this week has to be the amazing cold weather. This weekend the UK has been blasted by Storm Darcy coming over from continental Europe, and although here in Inverness we don’t actually have any snow lying at the moment, this was the frozen shoreline this afternoon, walking along the rocks and seaweed at low tide. Although the salt in the seawater usually means it doesn’t ever freeze this close to the shore, today to my surprise everything below the high water mark was covered with a thin crumbly layer of ice, which looked really weird!
PS The last image shows part of the rotting wooden timbers of an old shipwreck only ever visible at low tide 🙂
I know I’ve posted several very similar images of the red pelargonium sitting in my cold, unheated conservatory all winter.
It’s truly been a beautiful bright splash of colour standing proud against the otherwise dull grey monochrome world outside – or against a lighter snowy backdrop, like today – and look, still it continues to flower 🙂
Our first snowdrops of the year are breaking through the frosty ground in our back garden. It might not look pretty but I’ve found if I keep the autumn leaf-fall on this flower bed (under the tree) intact as a kind of mulch it works surprisingly well as a protective cover over the winter months 🙂
We had another light snowfall yesterday, and although last night’s frost means today everything is still crunchy underfoot it already seems to be melting a little in the low winter mid-day sun. So my camera and I went out to the back garden to see what we could see, taking a series of photographs of my snowmelt winter garden 🙂
While the world is still mired deep in the pandemic, while so may of us remain socially shut in and economically shut down, the familiar seasonal colours of nature continue to inspire, to bring a little normality to such an oddly altered reality. Life goes on, albeit differently, firmly grounded in the continuity of the lovely landscape and all the joy it brings… My first Weekly Smile of the New Year, and here’s to many more… 🙂
Happy New Year from Inverness – the view across the Beauly Firth, Ben Wyvis, the Black Isle, and boats moored in Muirtown Basin taken this afternoon. It was chilly and grey, but at least it was dry and we were wrapped up warm, so we really enjoyed our brisk and bracing New Year’s Day walk 🙂
I’ve been far too slow at cutting back my garden roses this winter, but it does mean we still have the odd splash of colour dotted about here and there… 🙂
The first full flower on my pale pink Christmas cactus, deciding to open out on the morning after our first snowfall of the year, making it difficult to capture against the backdrop of our snow-covered garden outside 🙂